Porsche 917

Saturday, Aug 14, 2021

Start: 9:00 am


Porsche 917

HOST: Jay Gillotti | PANEL: Hurley Haywood

The Pebble Beach Classic Car Forums will be held at the Concours Village, conveniently located across from the Pebble Beach Auctions at Forest Lake Road and Stevenson Drive.

Originally from Danbury, CT, Jay has lived in the Seattle area for the past 24 years. He began studying motorsport history in high school and worked for his father in a VW-Audi dealership. He has been a fan of Porsche and the 917 ever since seeing Steve McQueen’s film Le Mans as a youngster. After graduating from the University of Connecticut, Jay spent nearly thirty years in the corporate relocation industry before retiring at the end of 2016. He’s also a lifelong musician and songwriter.

After joining the Porsche Club of America in 2009, Jay began writing for the Pacific NW Region newsletter, contributing over 50 feature and historical articles for the Spiel. He has also written for the PCA National magazine, Panorama, plus Forza, Vintage Motorsport, the International Motor Racing Research Center, and Collier AutoMedia. Jay was a contributor to motorsport-related books by Michael Keyser (A French Kiss with Death), Christopher Hilton (1982), and Brian Redman (Daring Drivers, Deadly Tracks). He has moderated presentations by Brian Redman, John Horsman, Vic Elford, Derek Bell, and Hurley Haywood for the Porsche Club. Jay and his wife, Debbi, are a two-Porsche family with three high-maintenance Siamese/Balinese cats.

Jay’s book, Gulf 917, is the result of three decades and more spent researching and gathering information on the Porsche 917, the golden age of sports car racing, and the work of JW Automotive Engineering.

Hurley Haywood is an American race-car driver. He has won multiple events, including five overall victories at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, three at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and two at the 12 Hours of Sebring. He is credited with the 1988 Trans-Am title, two IMSA GT Championship titles and 23 wins, three Norelco Cup championships, a SuperCar title, and 18 IndyCar starts. He won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1977, 1983, and 1994 and is tied as the most successful driver at the 24 Hours of Daytona with 5 wins. He was the first driver to win the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the same year. He won the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1973 and 1981. Hurley is the chief driving instructor at the Porsche Sport Driving School, held at the Barber Motorsports Park outside Birmingham, Alabama.

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